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Flowering poison leaf.jpg
Gifblaar or ratbane (Dichapetalum cymosum)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Dichapetalaceae

Dichapetalaceae is a family of flowering plants, consisting of 3 genera and about 165 species.[2] Members of this family are trees, shrubs or lianas found in tropical and subtropical regions of the world.

The species Dichapetalum cymosum of South Africa is highly poisonous because of fluoroacetate.


  1. ^ Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2009). "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III" (PDF). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 161 (2): 105–121. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00996.x. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  2. ^ Stephens, P.F. (2001 onwards). Angiosperm Phylogeny Website. Version 9, June 2008. http://www.mobot.org/MOBOT/Research/APweb/